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3 Cromwell Road Opens Its Doors

3 Cromwell Road opened its South Kensington doors last week. Located opposite my favourite building, the Natural History Museum, this gorgeous Georgian building has been a bar hangout of various styles over the years and I have just learned that even Jimi Hendrix once played a live performance here.

Comprising of three floors which include a first floor restaurant – The Drawing Room; a ground floor cocktail bar – The Back Room; and a downstairs club – The Basement, 3 Cromwell Road can fit about 300 people in total.

The team behind 3 Cromwell Road includes co-owner Howard Spooner, who also co-owns Dukebox and was the principle shareholder at Public. He also owned well-known Chelsea nightspots The Leopard Lounge, Embargo and Crazy Larry’s.

The Drawing Room is open daily for dinner and drinks from 6pm to 1am, as well as weekend lunches from midday. The Back Room is open daily until 3am, and The Basement is open Thursday to Saturday until 3am.

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the launch party last week but I did request a few photos of the venue to give both myself and my readers an idea of what to expect from the venue. As for the cocktail menu, I’m very intrigued to find out what the staff at 3 Cromwell Road are serving up. If you’ve already had a look and a taste, do let me know in the comment box below what you discovered. It’ll be a short while before I can indulge in my love for cocktails again. Seriously counting down. ;)

But in the meantime, do you want to take a look inside 3 Cromwell Road? Here you go …

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2HR, 020 3397 7838.

Burlesque Sunday at Evans & Peel!

Normally the fabulous Earls Court speakeasy bar Evans & Peel is closed on Sundays but on 7th April from 4pm until 10.30pm, a Burlesque event will be taking place whilst the detectives are ‘out of office’.

Burlesque at Evans & PeelAmber Topaz and Pete Saunders will be performing live whilst the full food menu will be available. But do enquire about the Pink Peppercorn and Fennel Seed Smoked Salmon Slabs, which must be pre-ordered.

Along with the option of sides and Prosecco, there is of course the delectable cocktail menu to also order from. If you haven’t yet visited Evans & Peel and are feeling a tad bit curious, do check out my post here which will give you an idea of what to expect. I absolutely love this bar and their cocktails!

310c Earl’s Court Rd, London SW5 9AQ, 020 7373 3573. 

SACRED Spring/Summer 2013 at Chelsea Theatre

Good news! Chelsea Theatre’s SACRED Spring/Summer 2013 season is bigger and longer than ever, beginning on Friday 27th March and running until July 6th 2013.

SACRED 2013 - Chelsea Theatre

Kicking off with Dickie Beau’s BLACKOUTS: Twilight of the Idols this Thursday and Friday, 
spectators will get a chance to experience never-before-heard audio footage from Marilyn Monroe’s final interview. Dickie is the first person to have ever been granted full access by journalist Richard Meryman who conducted Marilyn’s final interview published in Life magazine. And whilst bringing to life extraordinary artefacts from Judy Garland as well as Marilyn, Dickie leads the audience on a bewitching adventure in sound as he channels the ghosts of his childhood.

SACRED 2013 - Chelsea Theatre

Other shows include …

Peggy Shaw’s RUFF (4th & 5th April 2013): Following an acclaimed run in New York, this highly personal piece looks at the effects and aftermath of a recent stroke and is a tribute to those who kept Peggy Shaw company for 68 years.

Shelia Ghelani: Rat, Rose, Bird  (25th April 2013), explores empire, colonialism, mortality and love. Subtly mashing up cultures, curios, objects and ideas, the piece is a poetic meditation on farewells, departures, long journeys and ‘the hunt’ for a better life, a better love, a place to drop anchor or a space to claim (finally!) as one’s own.

Stacy Makishi – The Making of Bull: The True Story (20th May) and The Falsettos (24th & 25th May)Chelsea Theatre will be presenting a week-long celebration of Stacy’s work with the return of acclaimed The Making of Bull: The True Story and the world premiere of her new show The Falsettos.

Cross-platform artists Grace Surman and Cathy Butterworth will present a sculptural performance double act in Two Four One One (29th May 2013).

Internal Terrains (1st June 2013): Artist Natasha Davis presents a poetic and sensual performance with film and installations, crows, cages and electric shocks.

An Invitation to Fall (8th June 2013): This free participatory performance will explore the shock of being out of control, the liberation of inelegance, the risk of pain and the jarring of speed changes all inherent in falling.

Richard DeDominici: Anarchitecture in the UK (6th July 2013), explores the rise of punk at the birthplace of punk.

And finally …

Wishful Wednesday: Chelsea Theatre presents a series of lectures from some of the most interesting names in contemporary performance. Wishful Wednesdays is all about hopes, dreams and predictions for future practice, and for the future itself. Speakers include legendary performance artist Franko B (13th March) and Artistic director of National Theatre Wales John McGrath (5th June) as well as Mem Morrison (27th March), Lois Weaver (3rd April), Rajni Shah (10th April), Ernst Fischer (17th April), Kazuko Hohki (24th April), Marisa Carnesky (8th May), Karen Christopher (22nd May) and Robin Deacon (19th June).

If you have read any of my Chelsea Theatre posts, you’ll know that this King’s Road Venue creates experiences that lift you out of your reality and beyond your imagination. You don’t come here to anticipate the obvious but to be wowed by performances that will surprise, entertain and move you.

For more information on SACRED’s Spring/Summer 2013, visit Chelsea Theatre’s website.

Easter Afternoon Tea at Gallery Mess

Last week had been quite a long week and on Sunday, following lunch and as the in-laws made their way into the BADA Art and Antique Fair on Duke of York Square, the bf and I headed to Gallery Mess to wind down.

Gallery MessThe restaurant was already buzzing with folks finishing off their lunch and having afternoon tea. And the great atmosphere was emphasised by the venue’s wonderfully airy space.

When we arrived, we were served the Easter Afternoon Tea menu which included mini sandwiches (smoked salmon, cucumber and egg & cress) …

Gallery MessScones with clotted cream and jam …

Gallery MessAnd an assortment of Easter themed cakes, cookies and Easter eggs.

Gallery MessThe bf was also served a glass of Prosecco Pinot Rosé whilst I asked for a Virgin Mojito Cocktail, which complimented my fresh mint tea. The other teas available on the menu include Assam, afternoon blend, chamomile, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, jasmine, Sencha green and wild berries.

By the time we left, the two-tiers on which our afternoon tea arrived on were completely empty. We enjoyed every morsel, so much so you wouldn’t have guessed that he had had a Sunday pub lunch earlier.

The sandwiches were light and tasty whilst I really enjoyed the passion fruit macarons and the gooey surprise inside the easter egg. The cookie was delicate in a deliciously buttery way – and I enjoyed the cupcake too.

On Sunday afternoon, there was a mixed crowd at Gallery Mess: couples enjoying quality time together; girlfriends catching up; and groups of friends engrossed in each other’s company.

The Easter menu is available until 7th April 2013 and if afternoon tea is something you enjoy, I recommend you try this menu. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon for sure.

Gallery Mess, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, London SW3 4RY. 020 7730 8135.

*The food and drink were complimentary for the purpose of the review.*

Body Performance Duo by QMS MediCosmetics

You know that time in the year when the sun comes out (for longer than a day) and the tights and jeans are replaced by short skirts and dresses? But then you think dang, my legs and arms look too dry and dull to come out? Well, even though we’re not having the most inspiring springtime I’m already thinking about this moment in hopefully the not too distant future.

I’d prepared my legs and arms for some winter sun before heading off on my Christmas holiday and whilst I continued to moisturise daily upon my return to London, especially after a swim, my skin hasn’t managed to maintain its sun kissed glow from my sunny holiday earlier this year, for obvious reasons: central heating, layers of clothing and the cold weather. So when I was offered a chance to review QMS MediCosmetics‘s Body Performance Duo pack,  I jumped at the chance.

QMS MediCosmeticsYou may have already read my post about my facial at QMS MediCosmetics, so it’s probably not a surprise why I was excited to try more of their products: Dr. med. Erich Schulte’s work in bringing his expertise as an aesthetic skin surgeon to the commercial market has meant developing a skincare range that focuses on skin regeneration without the need for surgery. You can read more here.

The Body Performance Duo package comes with a Pro-Body Exfoliator and Lift-O-Firm body cream …

QMS MediCosmeticsI’ve been using the Pro-Body Exfoliator once a day for almost a week now and my arms are already very smooth and ready for short sleeves. I think my legs need a couple more days for a completely smooth appearance but there is already a vast improvement in their feel.

After using the exfoliator I make sure I rub Lift-O-Firm body cream onto my body and as well as the feel of the products I must also point out that I love their scent. Given the technology that underpins QMS MediCosmetics’s creams, you could be forgiven for expecting a more medical experience but I actually find the aromas very pleasant: there is something quite aqua about the exfoliator and the body cream has a simplicity that is both reassuring and not fussy.

QMS MediCosmeticsSo what is my conclusion from trying these products? Not only am I impressed by the speed at which my skin has recovered from the winter blues but the experience of lathering and moisturising is quite enjoyable because I know I am putting quality ingredients onto my skin. In short, when the sun decides to come out I know all my hard work in the gym can be confidently put on show.

*The products were complimentary for the purpose of the review.*